5 Year Member
- Jan 10, 2014
- Location (City and/or State)
- New York State
OH MY GOSH!!! I HAVE TO TELL YOU A STORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Do you remember the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping??? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Smart_kidnapping
Okay...so I was living in Salt Lake working at the Barnes and Noble that I just mentioned in the post to Yvonne. Often homeless people would come and hang out in the store. We had a regular bum that everyone downtown nicknamed "The Jesus Bum." This guy went out of his way to sew Biblical looking robes and wore leather strap sandals, long hair, hood, beard, the works. He looked like he just left a film set and walked around pan-handling, and would visit our store fairly often.
My coworkers would often criticize me, because I was never nice to the guy. They would tell me I was too judgmental... yada yada, but I always told them he gave me the creeps and I had a bad feeling about him.
One day, he came up when I was at the cash register and he was buying "Walden" by Thoreau. The guy handed me a perfectly sewn large coin bag like you'd see in the movies and paid for his pricy hardcover copy of Walden in change. He also acted like he had taken a vow of silence and refused to speak. He attempted to ask me the time by dramatically pointing at his wrist. I was like: "WHAAAT...WHAAAT DOES THAT MEAN!?!?? I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOOOOOOU!!!" I was a total jerk. My coworker answered his question, gave him the time, and after he left she told me that I was acting like a jerk--which I WAS, but I whined my same ol' "he gives me the creeps."
Then he didn't come to our store after that. Never saw him again...UNTIL....DUN...DUN...DUNNNNNN!!!!.........................
HE WAS DISCOVERED TO BE THE GUY WHO KIDNAPPED ELIZABETH SMART AND WAS ALL OVER THE NATIONAL NEWS!
So, in my mind, the association WILL ALWAYS BE: Henry David Thoreau=Jesus Bum who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart and I was a jerk to him.
Now, I imagine you with sewn elbow patches and a pipe.
Wow!!!!! That is quite a story!